The cheers sound like they're coming from a sporting event, and not teachers packaging food. Yet that's what happened at St. George's Independent Schools Memphis campus where hundreds of teachers and administrators worked together to put a dent in local hunger.
"We're a school that values experiential education," said Bill Taylor, President of St. George's School system. "This is living proof that we're doing what we say we do and that is getting out and experiencing what it is to contribute meaningfully to the people around us."
Taking a break from their school preparation week, teachers and administrators divided up into teams at tables full of supplies. With hairnets on and gloves pulled tight, the expert educators became expert meal makers.
"There are over 20,000 people in this immediate community who don't have enough food for daily sustenance," said Taylor. "So the hungry are in our midst, and we know them."
The assembly line style packaging took simple ingredients like macaroni, protein rich soy, and cheese, to make a simple meal that gives kids the nutrition they need.
"What's fun with these Mac and Cheese meals…, so many children in the Memphis area will have a meal tonight," said Lisa Ayerst, a ninth grade math teacher. "That's what makes it special."
After everyone finished, nearly 20,000 meals were packed and ready to be sent to those who need it most. The school says that this is the first of several service activities as they hope to perform one million minutes worth of service for the entire year.